There are very few people who don’t love to watch TV. Since the invention of television, people have become attached to it and so television shows have become quite the rage since then. People have become attached to watching all kinds of television shows from drama, comedy, sci-fi and more. From the 70s to 90s, people have welcomed all sorts of shows that networks have come up with.
There were some that were quite brilliant, and there were some who weren’t. There were also others that were great, but somehow, they went off the air because of low ratings and some of the mysterious reasons. What are these short-lived shows that grazed the TV since its advent? Well, here is our list of 35 TV shows that went off the air for some reason.
Adam’s Rib (ABC; 1973)
The show aired on ABC starring Ken Howard and Blythe Danner. Ken Howard played Adam Bonner with Blythe Danner played his wife, Amanda. It followed the theme of the movie it was based on wherein Adam was an assistant D.A., and Amanda was a partner in a law firm. Because of their jobs, they always ended up pitted against each other. Similarly, they always end up against each other with issues in their home life as well.
Dog and Cat (ABC; 1977)
This police drama aired on AABC from March 5, 1977, until May 14, 1977. It starred the young Kim Basinger as Officer J.Z. Kane. Kane was a rookie cop partnered with police veteran Det. Sgt. Jack Ramsey (Lou Antonio). It was a look at police work in a light-hearted take which sadly only lasted six episodes before it got canceled.
Chopper One (ABC; 1974)
This was an Aaron Spelling police drama that aired on ABC. The drama consisted of 13 episodes starting from January to April 1974. The show starred Jim McMullan and Dirk Benedict as Officers Don Burdick and Gil Foley, respectively. They are chopper pilots, officers serving as an eye in the sky of other officers on the ground who are chasing the bad guys.
Firehouse (ABC; 1974)
It was an adventure/drama show on ABC that aired January to August 1974. It starred James Drury as Captain Spike Ryerson, the older firefighter who served as the father figure and mentor to the younger members of Engine Co. 23. Others in the show were Richard Jaeckel (Hank Myers), Michael Delano (Sonny Caputo) and Brad David (Billy Dalzell). The show was inspired from the best-selling book written by a veteran firefighter titled, “Report from Engine Co. 28”.
Gibbsville (NBS; 1976)
This was a drama set in Pennsylvania in the 1940s. John Savage was Jim Malloy, a Gibbsville Courier cub reporter. His partner was the veteran reporter; Ray Whitehead played by Gig Young, who was trying to salvage his career. The characters of the NBC show were based on the writings of the writer, John O’Hara with Gibbsville based on Pottsville, PA.
Grady (NBS; 1975 – 1976)
Grady was comedy series spin-off of Sandford and Son. It aired on NBC starring Whitman Mayo (Grady Wilson), Carol Cole (Ellie Wilson Marshall), Joe Morton (Hal Marshall), Jack Fletcher (Mr. Pratt) and Alix Elias (Rose Kosinski). Grady was one of Fred Wilson’s friends and neighbors who moved into Watts, a Los Angeles neighborhood, to be able to spend more time with Ellie, his daughter, as well as her family. The show featured Redd Foxx as a special guest star, but it never found a solid audience and went off just after ten episodes.
The American Girls (CBS; 1978)
This was a CBS adventure/drama series starring Priscilla Barnes (Rebecca Tomkins) and Debra Clinger (Amy Waddell), two pretty reporters for the TV news program, The American Report. Rebecca was the more experienced, city-girl reporter while Amy was a small-town girl, fresh out of college and still has much to learn. Together, they traveled around the county in a van equipped of the latest technologies which allowed the two to report even in the most isolated locations. The show also starred David Spielberg as Francis X. Casey, Rebecca and Amy’s producer and William Prince as Jason Cook.
Flying High (CBS; 1978 – 1979)
This was an adventure show on CBS that made it to one season with 19 episodes filmed, but only 15 episodes were aired. It starred Pat Clouse (Marcy Bowers), Connie Seleca (Lisa Benton) and Kathryn Witt (Pam Bellagio). Flying High is about these three ladies who just graduated from school for flight stewardess and currently working for Sunwest Airlines. The show depicts of their on-the-job adventures and occasionally, a glimpse of their private lives. The show was known to be a ripoff of Charlie’s Angels.
B.A.D. Cats! (1980)
The series starred Michelle Pfeiffer, Asher Brauner and Steve Hanks as Nick Donovan and Ocee James, former race car drivers hired by the LAPD for their superior driving skills. They became members of the newly formed LAPD division Burglary Auto Detail Commercial Auto Thefts or B.A.D. Cats. Young Michelle Pfeiffer also joined them to stop car thieves as Officer Samantha Jensen. Other stars include Vic Morrow as Captain Nathan, LaWanda Page as Ma and Jimmie Walke as Rodney. B.A.D. Cats was a mid-season series and lasted for only 10 episodes and first aired in 1980.
Flatbush (CBS; 1979)
It was supposed to be a comedy show that followed a five high school graduates and their adventures in Flatbush, a middle-class neighborhood in New York. Together, the five formed the Flatbush Fungos gang and would roam their neighborhood searching for fun and thrill. The Fungus gang includes Presto, a cab driver, and Figgy, a deliveryman in the supermarket. There was Turtle, who worked in his family’s restaurant, Socks, who worked in a clothing store and Joey, a plumber.
Breaking Away (ABC; 1980 – 1981)
Shaun Cassidy gained popularity as teen idol playing Joe Hardy on Nancy Drew Mysteries and The Hardy Boys. In Breaking Away, he took the role of Dave Stohler, the protagonist who loves bicycle racing. The series was inspired by a feature film of the same name in 1979. NBC publicized the show heavily, but it got caught up in the 1980 Screen Actors Guild strike. The series ran starting November 29, 1980, to January 10, 1981.
The Misfits of Science (1985)
The series was a combination of science fiction and fantasy with the plot centered on a group of ‘misfits.’ The ‘misfits’ all ended up together because they share one thing – they all had superpowers. The series starred Dean Paul Martin as Dr. Billy Hayes, a research scientist who had no superpowers but specializes in studying those considered human anomalies. He was the leader of the group of misfits including Johnny B Bukowski (Mark Thomas Miller), Gloria Dinallo (Courteney Cox), Dr. Elvin ‘L’ Lincoln (Kevin Peter Hall) and Arnold ‘Ice Man’ Beifneiter (Mickey Jones).
Blacke’s Magic (NBC; 1986)
This 1996 TV show starred Hal Linden as Alexander Black, a magician who also solved crimes with help from his con-man father. It aired on NBC for a total of 13 episodes starting from January 5 to May 7, 1986. The show was reminiscent of series, The Magician, in the 1970s and was intended as a mid-season replacement but NBC had difficulty in finding a place for it.
Gung Ho (ABC; 1987)
In the short-lived series Gung Ho, Scott Bakula played Hunt Stevenson. The first series was aired on December 5, 1986, to June 27, 1987, on ABC. It was set in Hadleyville Pennsylvania, on an auto plant that was reopened as part of the Japanese-owned company, Assan Motors. Gung Ho showed the comedy of the clashing cultures of the American workers and Japanese management. It was based on a feature film of the same name with Gedde Watanabe, Clint Howard, and Stephen Lee.
The Highway Man (NBC; 1988)
It first aired on NBC from March 4, 1988, to May 6, 1988. It was an adventure series that starred Sam Jones as the Highwayman; a US Marshall empowered to do correct wrongs that federal laws cannot reach. The Highwayman was a US Marshall that crossed between Knight Rider and Mad Max according to critics. Other stars on the show were Tim Russ, Jane Badler with Jacko, an Aussie actor, as Jetta, the Highwayman’s partner.
The Nutt House (NBC; 1989)
This was a comedy series concocted by Mel Brooks and Alan Spencer that began to run from September 20 to October 25, 1989, on NBC. It was set on the Nutt House, a once elegant and popular hotel that had fallen to hard times and staffed by what was said to be the bunch of ‘loonies.’ The hotel manager was Harvey Korman with the head housekeeper was Cloris Leachman who also played the hotel owner’s wife. It also starred Mark Blankenfield, Brain McNamara, Gregory Itzin and Molly Hagen.
The Ben Stiller Show (Fox; 1992 – 1993)
The Ben Stiller Show is one of the underrated shows of the 90s. This was a filmed sketch comedy series that starred Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Bob Odenkirk and Janeane Garofalo. The show specialized in parodies of television shows, commercials, and movies, showing brilliant sketches, one after another. Usually, the show would have a special guest actor to join in the comedy sketches to hilarious results making it easily one of the best shows but somehow got axed by Fox.
Bearcats (CBS; 1971)
This show aired on CBS starting on September 16 to December 30, 1971 for one season. The series were set in 1914 with Dennis Cole and Rod Taylor as Johnny Reach and Hank Bracket respectively. The two of them travel all over the American Southwest in their Stutz Bearcat as some kind of mercenaries. They take on different kinds of dangerous jobs from rich client. They get paid after their missions and the more dangerous the jobs were, the more they would cost.
Doc Elliot (ABC; 1974)
This was an American medical drama series that first aired on January 23 to August 1974 on ABC. The show was focused on Dr. Benjamin Elliott, played by the handsome James Franciscus. Dr. Elliott was a successful doctor from New York City who decided to take on a new job in Gideon, Colorado. His practice in this new town covered more than 600 miles that most of his house calls had to be made in four wheel drive vehicles or by plane. The show also co-starred Neva Patterson, Noah Beery and Bo Hopkins. It was James’ fifth series but it only lasted for 14 episodes.
Gemini Man (1976)
Gemini Man first aired on September 23 until October 28, 1976 with Ben Murphy as Sam Casey. Sam was a secret agent who worked for INTERSECT, a secret government organization. While on a mission, Sam was contaminated with radiation because of an underwater explosion. This rendered him invisible and was only able to become visible again through a special watch created by the scientists at INTERSECT. If he turns his watch off, he can be invisible again but not for more than 15 minutes every 24 hour period or he would die. This was his dilemma as a hero fighting for the good of the people.
Holmes and Yoyo (ABC; 1976)
This was a comedy series that first aired on ABC beginning on September 25 to December 11, 1976. It starred Richard B. Shull as Det. Alexander Holmes. He was a police officer that was prone to accident and always managed to have every one of his partner to the hospital. Because of this, the police department decided to try a new robotic police officer as Holme’s partner. This wasn’t a success and stopped airing not too long.
The Andros Targets (CBS; 1977)
The Andros Targets originally aired January 31 to July 9, 1977 on CBS. It starred James Surorius as Mike Andros. He was a newspaper reporter from The New York Forum focused on finding a way to expose the corruption in the city. He was helped in this task by Sandi Farrell (Pamela Reed), his assistant and sort of sidekick. The show also starred Roy Poole, Ted Beniades, Alan Mixon and Jordan Charney.
The Beginning (CBS; 1978)
This series was quite short-lived that many people must have already forgotten it. The Beginning first aired on CBS on September 20 and lasted until October 18, 1978. It was inspired by the classic film Going My Way but with McLean Stevenson playing the conservative priest Father Cleary. On the other hand, Sister Agnes was played by Priscilla Lopez. Father Cleary and Sister Agnes were always at odd with each other because of their differing beliefs. Father Cleary were conservative while Sister Agnes were more liberal towards sinners. There were 9 episodes of the series that were filmed but only 5 of them were aired.
David Cassidy: Man Undercover (NBC; 1978)
This show was a spin-off inspired from the Police Story movie. The Police Story was a quite a high-rated movie which had earned David with an Emmy nomination. This series was his first new series since The Partridge Family. In the show, he played the role of a young married undercover police office named David Shay. Simon Oakland also starred on the show but sadly the show lasted for only 10 episodes.
Highcliffe Manor (NBC; 1979)
The Highcliffe Manor started on April 12 until May 3, 1979 on NBC. The show was only meant to be a spoof of the old Gothic horror tales and starred Shelley Fabares as Helen Black, a recently widowed lady. She inherited a big stone mansion off the coast of Massachusetts. The place was a home of different strange characters bent on getting rid of Helen so they can get on with their strange plans. The show also starred Aubrey Landers, Ernie Hudson, Jenny O’Hara and Stephen McHattie. Originally, the show was ordered for 6 episodes but only 3 were aired.
The show starred Christopher George as Ben Richards, a race car test driver who looks 25 but was actually 42 years old. He looks so young because of his special blood that makes him immune to aging and to every known disease. The start of all his problems began when he donated his blood to save an aging and wealthy employer. Because of this blood, he was imprisoned and used as the employer’s own fountain of youth. He managed to get away but then came the bounty hunter hired by the employer to get him back. The series lasted 15 episodes before it went off air.
Nero Wolfe (NBC; 1981)
It first aired on NBC on January 16 to August 25, 1981. The TV series was an adaptation of a novel written by Rex Stout about a reclusive private detective named Nero Wolfe. William Conrad played the eccentric and reclusive Nero Wolfe. Nero much prefer a life of seclusion instead of solving crimes thus came his right-hand man, Archie Goodwin played by Lee Horsely. It draws some stories from the originals but was updated to contemporary New York City.
The Phoenix (ABC; 1982)
This series first aired on ABC from March 19 to April 16, 1982. It focused on the story of an ancient, powerful human-like alien who was searching for his lost love and was pursued on modern Earth. Judson Scott played Bennu of the Golden Light, the ancient extraterrestrial that was the protagonist. He’s a non-violent, kind alien with special powers given to him by a special Phoenix amulet. There were supposed to be 9 episodes to the series but only 4 were aired.
The Devlin Connection (NBC; 1982)
Rock Hudson starred in The Devlin Connection with Jack Scalia as retired military intelligence officer. He played Brian Devlin who learned he has a son, Nick Corsello, struggling private detective. Nick begrudgingly accepted his estranged father’s help in solving cases he had to investigate. There were many issues about the show that even the lead character was glad it was cancelled. The series’ plot wasn’t anything good that it was kind of natural for it to get cancelled.
The Renegades (ABC; 1983)
The Renegades is a crime drama series that first aired on March 4 to April 1983 on ABC. It starred the late Patrick Swayze as the “Bandit”, the leader of the gang that became a special police undercover unit in order to avoid jail time. The gang infiltrated other gangs to prevent crimes and violence related to gangsters.
Manimal (NBC; 1983)
This was an action adventure series that starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shapeshifter who can turn into any animal he pleases to be. The series began airing on NBC on September 30 to December 17, 1983. In the series, Dr. Jonathan used his ability to help the police in solving crimes. The show aired for 8 episodes before it went off air.
Fathers and Sons (NBC; 1986)
Buddy Landau (played by former football player Merlin Olsen) was just an ordinary guy who loved sports. Fathers and Sons is a sitcom about a sports-loving father having ended up coaching his son’s baseball team. In the show, Buddy’s son, Lanny really has no talent in the sport and was only doing it to please his father. It tried to find comedy in the interactions between Buddy and the team. The show only lasted for 4 episodes that started from April 6 to May 4, 1986. It also starred Kelly Sanders, Jason Late and Adree Gower.
The Last Precinct (1986)
The Last Precinct first aired April 11 until May 30, 1986 and was a spoof of the Police Academy films. The Last Precinct was the 56th Precinct, a kind of dumping ground of LAPD officer who were deemed not cut out for law enforcement career. The officers in the Last Precinct were Price Pascall by Jonathan Perpich, Officer William Raide by Rick Duncommun, Mel Brubaker by Randi Brooks, King by Pete Willcox, Butch by Keenan Wynn, Sundance, played by Hank Rolike and Adam West as Capt. Robert Wright. Under the leadership of Capt. Wright, these odd mix of law enforcers try to it into the law enforcement service and redeem themselves.
Private Eye (1987 – 1988)
The series were set in 1950s and starred Michael Woods as Jack Cleary. Jack was a good cop that was framed by the bad guys in the force and so had to give up his job. Now that he wasn’t a cop anymore, he makes ends meet by working as a private detective. He was also working with Johnny Betts (Josh Brolin) who was also working with Cleary’s decease brother who was also a private detective. It also starred Bill Sandler and Lisa Jane Persky. Private Eye lasted for 12 episodes from September 13, 1987 to January 8, 1988.
Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs
The series follows Maggie Briggs, played by Suzanne Pleshette, a reporter at The New York Examiner who was demoted and now writes human-interest stories instead of working on feature stories. Maggie was aghast that she now has to write the soft stuff but the financially troubled The New York Examiner promises to still let her write hard pieces only of different topics than what she is used to. The show also starred John Getz as Geoff Bennett, her editor, Kenneth McMillian as Walter Holden, her mentor and Shera Danese as Connie Piscipol as her model best friend.
The Good Life (NBC; 1994)
This was one of the underrated comedy shows on the history of television. It ran on NBC in 1994 for 14 episodes. The show featured comedian John Caponera as John Bowman. The series was about Bowman juggling between his home life and as the middle manager in the lock company where he works. It also starred Drew Carey and Eve Gordon in supporting roles.
My So-Called Life (ABC; 1994 – 1995)
The show’s main theme was teen angst as it revolved in the life of 15-year old high schooler, Angela, whose life is in constant chaos due to boys, friends, sex, drugs and other teen trappings. The plot mostly revolved around on Angela’s crush on Jordan Catalano, the school heartthrob. It starred Bess Armstrong, Claire Danes, and Wilson Cruz.
Nowhere Man (UPN; 1995 – 1996)
This was a 1995 American series that aired on UPN that starred Bruce Greenwood. The show was a brainchild of Lawrence Hertzog and was one of “The Season’s Coolest hit” according to TV Guide. However, despite the critical acclaim of the show, it was canceled after just one season. Nowhere Man revolved around Thomas Veil (Greenwood), a documentary photographer who seemingly has his whole life somehow erased.
Relativity (ABC; 1996 – 1997)
Relativity was a mid-90s American show centered on the twenty-something couple Isabel Lukens and Leo Roth, played by Kimberly Williams and David Conrad set in Los Angeles. The show focused on their love and lives as well as of those of their friends and family. The series was critically acclaimed but was canceled after 17 episodes.
L.A. Doctors (CBS; 1998 – 1999)
The L.A. Doctors was a medical drama series that ran on CBS during their 1998-99 season. The show focused on four Los Angeles doctors that run a Los Angeles primary care practice which deals on how the American medical system affects the patients. The protagonists of the show were idealistic doctors who vowed to treat their patients with compassion and respect. However, their good intensions seem to always getting tested by bureaucratic red tape, moral issues as well as fiscal concerns. The show was great and welcome warmly by critics, but it struggled in ratings which ultimately lead to the show’s cancellation.
Hyperion Bay (WB; 1998 – 1999)
Hyperion Bay was created by the former Humanitas-winning writer Joseph Dougherty. It was an underrated show that featured Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sydney Penny, Christina Moore and Carmen Electra. The show revolved around a nerd who returned to his hometown now a successful computer programmer but with his high school crush unhappily married to guy who used to bully him
Freaks and Geeks (NBC; 1999 – 2000)
Freaks and Geeks were about teenager Lindsay Weir played Linda Cardellini, and her younger brother Sam played John Francis Daley as well as their group of friends in their high school exploits in the suburban Michigan. Lindsay’s friends were the so-called ‘freaks,’ the school’s slackers while Sam’s were the ‘geeks,’ the less-popular crowd in the school. The show was considered one of ‘TV Guide’s Top Cult Shows Ever.’
Firefly (Fox; 2002)
Created by Josh Whedon, Firefly was a space show that doesn’t have aliens. The show centered on a renegade crew aboard a spacecraft five hundred years in the future. While in the small spacecraft, they are trying to survive as the crew travels to an unknown, some dangerous parts of the galaxy while at the same time trying to evade authority agents and warring factions. The show starred Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, and Gina Torres.
The O.C. (Fox, 2003 – 2007)
The show was a teen drama series that was originally aired on Fox. It ran for four seasons from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007. Created by Josh Schwartz, O.C. was the abbreviation of ‘Orange County.’ It focused on the tough and yet troubled youth from a broken home. Over the course of the series, he became entangled in the lives of high class, the close-knit crowd in Newport Beach, Orange County, California.
Arrested Development (Fox; 2003 – 2006)
This was an American sitcom that aired on Fox from November 2, 2003, until February 10, 2006, for three seasons. On May 26, 2013, a 15-episode fourth season was released on Netflix. The series followed the life of the fabricated Bluth family, once a wealthy but consistently dysfunctional family. It starred Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, the level-headed son, the straight man of the show, who takes over the family affairs when his father was imprisoned.
Dead Like Me (Showtime, 2003 – 2004)
Dead Like Me was a comedy-drama show about eighteen-year-old Georgia Lass played by Ellen Muth. Georgia, who prefers being called George died early in the first episode which then subsequently became a ‘grim reaper.’ The show was created by Bryan Fuller but then left the show after five episodes, but it still ran for two seasons in the Showtime cable network. The show was quite compelling to fans, but it met its demise after the second season.
Veronica Mars (UPN/The CW; 2004)
Created by screenwriter Rob Thomas and was a teen noir mystery drama series. It was set in Neptune, a fictional town in California and revolves around the titular character, Veronica Mars. It followed her life through high school and college while working at night as the private investigator and at the same time, trying to solve the murder of her best friend unraveling more mysteries along the way. The series aired for two seasons on UPC and another season on The CW, UPN’s successor.
Jericho (CBS;2006 – 2008)
Jericho was a CBS Sci-fi show set in the small town of Jericho, Kansas after the nuclear attacks on the country. The town was left in the dark, quite literally, after the nuclear attack in the near-by town of Denver, Colorado. The show focused on the lives of the townspeople as they struggle on finding answers and solutions on how to survive. It starred Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott, and Lennie James among others.
Pushing Daisies (ABC; 2007 – 2009)
It aired on ABC for two seasons from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. It was created by Bryan Fuller and starred Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride and Kristin Chenoweth. The pace was Ned, a pie-maker with uncanny ability to bring the dead back to life through his touch which he used in solving murder cases. It was a popular series that won numerous awards but was unfortunately canceled.
Party Down (Starz; 2009 – 2010)
Party Down was known for its awesome cast. However, it somehow had difficulty in finding its audience. A comedy television series, it follows a group of caterers in Los Angeles hoping they can make it in Hollywood. The critics warmly received the show which has quite the funniest ensemble cast. The show, however, was canceled on June 30, 2010.
The L.A. Complex (The CW; 2012)
Originally Highland Gardens, The L.A. Complex was a Canadian drama series that premiered January 10, 2012, on CTV. It also began airing on The CW, in the United States, on April 24, 2012. It focused on Abby Vargas (Cassie Steele), an aspiring actress. She moved to Los Angeles dreaming to become a famous actress. In the same apartment complex were others who are trying to make it and become dancers, comedians, and producers. After the third season, the show was not picked up and was officially canceled.
Trophy Wife (ABC; 2013 – 2014)
This was a 2013 American television sitcom that aired on ABC. It premiered on September 24, 2013, and revolved around Kate, played by Malin Akerman, a young, beautiful and blonde party girl who got married to Pete (Bradley Whitford), a middle-aged lawyer. Trophy Wife explored marriage as well as generation gap between Kate and Pete. At the same time, it deals with modern family dynamics with Pete’s ex-wives and children.
About A Boy (NBC, 2014 – 2015)
About a Boy was a television sitcom that premiered February 22, 2014, to July 20, 2015, on NBC. The show was second adaptation of a 1998 novel by Nick Hornby. It featured David Walton as Will Freeman, a successful songwriter, and bachelor who loves a carefree life. He loves his free time especially his freedom from financial woes. But, his perfect life was soon disrupted when single mom, Fiona Bowa (Minnie Driver) and her 11-year old kid, Marcus Bowa (Benjamin Stockholm).
My Name is Earl (2005 – 2009)
My Name is Earl aired on the NBC-TV network from 2005 to 2009 in the U.S. It’s an American sitcom series created by Greg Garcia, starring Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples, Ethan Suplee and Nadine Velasquez. It premiered on September 2005, earning a rating of 6.6 and drew in 14.9 million of viewers in the U.S. the sitcom series ended abruptly on 2009 after running four seasons.
Deadwood (2004 – 2006)
This is an American western TV series largely written, produced and created by David Milch. It was aired on the HBO from March 2004 to August 2006, spanning thirty-six episodes and three seasons. It set in the 18702 before and after the annexation of Deadwood, South Dakota by the Dakota Territory. The TV show received critical acclaims, especially for the performance of Ian McShane and Milch’s writing. It is now considered as one of the greatest television dramas of all time.
This TV show was premiered on the Fox Network on the third of October 2000. It was a cyberpunk TV series created by Charles H. Eglee and James Cameron, starring Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. It was set in 2019 about the life of Max Guevara, a genetically enhanced soldier who escaped from a covert military facility as a child. The TV show was the first and the only series every produced by the Cameron/Eglee Productions.
Animaniacs is an animated comedy TV series created by Tom Ruegger. It was first aired from 1993 to 1995 on Fox Kids, and new episodes appeared later on The WB from 1995 to 1998. Animaniacs had a total of ninety-nine episodes and one movie, which was titled Wakko’s Wish. The hallmarks of the series included character catchphrases, humor directed at the adult audiences and its music. During its run, the series became one of the most popular children’s show.
This was an American science fiction TV series written and directed by Joss Whedon under the Mutant Enemy Productions. Its premier was on February 2009, on the Fox Network and was canceled on November 2009. Its final episode was aired on January 2010. It went off the air with a total of twenty-seven episodes. Initially, Dollhouse received underwhelming ratings and mixed reviews. However, it improved progressively that it was even renewed for another season. After the finale of the second season, the series was canceled.
This is an older title many people may not be familiar with, which is a fact that most likely explains why it went off the air. This show was about Jim Profit, an unscrupulous, psychopath businessman, who was very critical. It just seems that the audiences we not ready to watch a very ruthless character. Technically, this TV show was pulled from the line-up of FOX after only three episodes, but the entire eight-episode season was available on DVD.
Quantum Leap (1989 – 1993)
The series was initially aired on NBC for five seasons from May 1989 to May 1993. It were an American science-fiction TV series created by Donald Bellisario and starred Scott Bakula, who played the role of Dr. Sam Beckett. He was a physicist who leaps through a spacetime during a time travel experiment, by taking the place of others to correct historical errors. The TV series features a nice mix of romance, science fiction, social commentary, drama, and humor.
Eureka (2006 – 2012)
This American science fiction TV series was premiered on Syfy on July 2006. Its 5th and final season ended in July 2012. It was set in Eureka, a fictional town in Oregon and inhabited almost entirely by many scientific geniuses. Every episode featured an intentional or accidental misuse of technology, which was solved by the sheriff, Jack Carter with the help of other scientists in the town. The TV show was produced by Universal Media Studios and created by Jaime Paglia and Andrew Cosby.
A science fiction drama TV series, Terra Nova was aired one season from September to December 2011. It documented the experiences of Shannon Family as the started to establish themselves as new members of a colony, set up eighty-five million years in the past of the earth. It was based on the idea of Kelly Marcel, a British writer and was produced by Steven Spielberg. Fox announced on March 2012 that it would end the TV Show.
This TV show followed the adventures of a New York City pizza delivery boy named Philip J. Fry in the late 20th century, who, after being cryogenically frozen for a thousand years, was employed at Planet Express, which is an interplanetary delivery company in the 31st century. It was aired on Fox from March 1999 to August 2003 before the production ended. It also aired in reruns from 2002 to 2007 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Lie to Me
From January 2009 to January 2011, Lie to Me originally ran on the Fox network. In May 2009, it was renewed for another season that consisted of thirteen episodes. The second season premiered on September 2009 and on November 24 of the same year, Fox network ordered an extra nine episodes, which brought the season order to twenty-two episodes. It was officially canceled on May 11, 2011, by Fox network.
The show was a comedy TV series from America that mainly focused on Sam Oliver, who was a reaper working for the Devil to retrieve souls that have run away from Hell. It initially ran on The CW from the month of September 2007 to May 2009. After the 10th episode, the Reaper stopped airing new episodes because of the 2007 – 2008 strike of the Writers Guild of America, which happened throughout the industry. It was officially canceled by The CW on May 19, 2009.
The show was originally produced for the Nine Network by Hallmark Entertainment and Jim Henson Productions. It was an Australian-American science fiction TV series conceived by Rockne S. O’Bannon. Although the show was planned for five seasons, it was canceled abruptly after the end of the production on its 4th season, ending the show on a cliffhanger. But to wrap up the cliffhanger, the co-producer Brian Henson directed Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.
This show was about Chuck Bartowski, an average computer whiz next door, who received an encoded email from an old friend from college working for the CIA. The message embedded into Chuck’s head the only remaining copy of a software program that contained the greatest spy secrets of the United States. This lead the NSA and CIA to assign him handlers, as well as use him on top-secret missions. The fifth season was its last, and it concluded with a 2-hour finale on January 27, 2012.
Created by David Lynch, as well as Mark Frost, Twin Peaks was one of the 1990’s top-rated TV shows. It premiered on ABC on April 8, 1990, and had been commonly ranked as one of the greatest TV dramas ever made. However, its declining ratings after its season 2 in 1991 have led to its cancellation. The show was then followed by an exceptional feature film on 1992, the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which served as both an epilog and prequel to the show.
The show was a Science fiction TV program created by Russel T. Davies. It aired four series between 2006 and 2011. Torchwood shifted its broadcast channel every series to reflect its growing audience. All series were broadcasted in North America, Europe, New Zealand, Asia and Australia. Its first episodes on BBC 3 gave the channel its highest ratings ever, but ratings for later episodes just dropped to around 1.1 – 1.2 million viewers.
The show aired three seasons on the CBS network from September 1964 to April 1967. It followed the comic journey of 7 castaways as they tried to survive the island on which they’d been shipwrecked. Gilligan’s Island has a total of ninety-eight episodes. Its first episode, which consisted of thirty-six episodes, was filmed in black and white. Such episodes were colorized later for syndication. The second and third seasons of the show, consisting of sixty-two episodes and the 3 TV movie sequels were filmed in color.
The Fringe, created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and J.J. Abrams, concluded after five seasons and 100 episodes. This show premiered on September 2008 on the Fox Broadcasting network and ended in January 2013. The show has been described as a hybrid of procedural and dramas and serials, as well as fantasy, influenced by TV shows and films, such as The Twilight Zone, Altered States, The X-Files and Lost. Most of the episodes of the series contain a standalone plot, with many others exploring the overarching mythology of the series.
This American Science fiction TV show was created by Glen A. Larson that started the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Included in the show were Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, and Lorne Greene. The show ran for the 1978 to 1979 season before it went off the air. Books have been written to continue to series. Also, Battlestar Galactica was remade with a weekly series and a mini-series in the 2000s. There was also a planned feature film remake.
This British-American-Italian history drama TV series was created by Bruno Heller, William J. MacDonald, and John Milius. Its two seasons were broadcasted on RaiDue, BBC Two and HBO between 2005 and 2007. Later on, they were released on Blu-ray and DVD. The TV series was set in the first century BC, during the transition of the Ancient Rome from Republic to Empire. It received much attention from the media from the beginning and was honored with various nominations and awards in its 2-series run.
Beyond Westworld (CBS; 1980)
The show aired on CBS March 5, 1980, to March 19, 1980, for only five episodes. The plot of the series was about a mad scientist named Simon Quaid played by James Wainwright, who took control of the robots that run wild in the movies West World and Future World. After taking control of the robots, Quaid used them to infiltrate the society for his plot to rule the world. With the job to stop his plan was Delos Security Chief, John Moore played by Jim McMullan.
Happy days (1974-1984)
This sitcom was one of the greatest shows of the 70’s. Over the decade it was running, a grand total of 255 episodes in 11 seasons were out. Famous actors such as Ron Howard, Erin Moran and Anson Williams were the most familiar ones. The Series eventually went off the air in September 1984.
This successful TV Show went off the air after two of its main characters, Ron Howard and Don Most, decided they need to move on. This happened only in 1980, but it was the trigger that started the downfall of this series.
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